Appetite for abstraction

Nov. 25—Pareidolia is defined as the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. As such, it functions well as the title for Strata Gallery's exhibition of Santa Fe artist and poet Jane Shoenfeld's abstract works. Titles of her works such as Fly-Float, Archetypal Fireball, and Fish Forest offer much in the way of explanation, as the focal points of her images don't rush to reveal themselves. A reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2, with Shoenfeld, who taught at the College of Santa Fe for 15 years, speaking at 6 p.m. A week later, on Dec. 9, she will read her poetry from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reading of ekphrastic poetry — which involves the beholder inhabiting or interpreting an image in a painting — will include slides of art, and attendees may draw their own responses to Shoenfeld's work.

Exhibition runs Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Dec. 17, Strata Gallery, 418 Cerrillos Road, Suite 1C, 505-780-5403, stratagallery